Mars candy company plans to fix the “broken” cocoa supply chain

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Some big changes are ahead for Mars Wrigley Confectionery. The company, which produces some of the most popular treats in America, is revamping its cocoa supply to help combat poverty, child labor and deforestation. The company hopes its new strategy will be fully in place by the year 2025 and fix what it referred to as the “broken” cocoa industry.

“The cocoa supply chain as it works today is broken,” the vice president of the company, John Ament, shared in an interview.

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California plans to launch its own satellite to monitor air pollution

California is planning to launch its own satellite to track air pollution. Governor Jerry Brown announced the major initiative amid President Donald Trump’s bid to decrease NASA’s part in monitoring climate change. Brown has not announced when the state will launch the satellite or how much it will cost taxpayers.

Brown has long stood in opposition to Trump’s conservative administration, which has fought California’s tough emissions standards. With Trump cutting NASA funding for climate… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Kroger plans plastic bag phase-out by 2025

The Kroger supermarket conglomerate announced on Thursday that it is planning a phase-out of plastic bags at its nearly 2,800 locations as part of its Zero Hunger | Zero Waste commitment. The company owns an extensive list of retail centers throughout 35 U.S. states, including popular chains such as Harris Teeter, Fred Meyer and Ralphs.

Related: UK bag tariff halves plastic bag marine litter, reduces sales of plastic bags by 86%

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France plans to make recycled plastic bottles less expensive

France has announced that it will intensify regulations on plastics use according to its Environmental Ministry. The movement includes making bottles manufactured using recycled plastic less expensive with the aim of deterring companies from introducing new plastics to the market. The government is also in the works of negotiating increased taxes on landfill while reducing those to value-added recycling activities.

Related: Coca-Cola rewards recycling in the UK with half-priced theme park tickets

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Man plans to swim the Pacific Ocean to raise awareness for plastic pollution

You’ve heard a lot about the ocean plastic crisis, and may even know a fair amount about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But for many us, the issue can still seem far away when we drink out of a plastic bottle or carry groceries home in a plastic bag. Swimmer Ben Lecomte plans to offer a new, up-close perspective on ocean health as he swims 5,500 miles across the Pacific Ocean. During his potentially record-setting trek, he’ll collaborate with 27 science institutions and gather over 1,000 samples… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Herzog & de Meuron unveils plans for a Horizontal Skyscraper in Moscow

Building on an urban waterfront often means compromised views for existing structures, but that’s not the case for the “Horizontal Skyscraper” in Moscow. As part of an urban revitalization plan for an abandoned historic brewery, Herzog & de Meuron unveiled designs for two new residential blocks that will be elevated 115 feet into the air and supported by slender white stilts. By raising the contemporary additions, the Swiss architects guarantee coveted panoramic views for residents and a preserved… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Snhetta unveils plans for worlds first energy-positive hotel in the Arctic Circle

Snøhetta has revealed designs for the world’s first energy-positive hotel in the Arctic Circle—an incredible proposal given the region’s below-freezing temperatures. Located at the foot of Svartisen, Norway’s second largest glacier, the circular Svart hotel will offer panoramic 360-degree views of the fjord and use solar panels to produce more energy than it needs. The sustainable building is being developed in collaboration with Arctic Adventures of Norway, Asplan Viak and Skanska.

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Google and BIG unveil plans for green-roofed tech campus in Sunnyvale

Google and BIG have teamed up for yet another massive and spectacular Google campus—this time in Sunnyvle’s Moffet Park. Google recently unveiled plans for a new BIG-designed campus last month, following the acclaimed architecture firm’s work on Google’s Mountain View and London campuses. Located on Caribbean Drive, the 1.04-million-square-foot project could accommodate 4,500 employees and feature eye-catching terraced buildings topped with accessible green roofs.

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UAE unveils plans for massive city simulating human settlement on Mars

Before humans move to Mars, there’s much research to be done, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is getting in on the effort on a large scale with a 1.9 million square foot city. The Mars Scientific City will simulate conditions for life on Mars. The research city could be a step on the path towards the UAE’s goal of a city on the red planet itself in 2117.

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Apple announces plans to make all products from recycled materials

Apple is redefining how we make gadgets after announcing that it plans to close the loop on using raw materials. We tend not to realize how damaging our electronic devices are for the environment, but between mining for materials and the toxic effects when we dump them, they are bad news for the planet. Apple starting tackling the problem last year with its recycling efforts and now the electronics giant wants to only use recycled materials in its devices.

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